A year or so ago, Peanut and I went on a touch tour at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art–it was pretty neat, and I even discovered facets of some of the pieces that I’d entirely missed as a sighted person. I would love for more museums to be more accessible for my son. Help with research into making museums more accessible for B/VI folks by completing the survey below.
From the mailbag:
Museum Experience Survey
Cheryl Fogle-Hatch, Ph.D. (an independent archaeologist and museum professional) and Don Winiecki, Ed.D., Ph.D. (a professor at Boise State University) are conducting survey research to identify experiences of blind and visually-impaired individuals at museums.
If you choose to complete the survey it will take you about 15 to 20 minutes. More information about the survey and the research is included below.
The survey is intended for individuals who are (a) 18-years old or older, (b) blind or visually-impaired, and (c) who have visited one or more museums in the past.
Results of this research will be reported at academic and professional conferences and in journal publications. Findings and conclusions of the research will enable the researchers to provide information and advice that can improve the experience of blind and visually-impaired persons in museums.
Risks and Discomforts
This study involves no foreseeable serious risks. We ask that you try to answer all questions; however, if there are any items that make you uncomfortable or that you would prefer to skip, please leave the answer blank.
Protection of Privacy and Confidentiality
The survey is designed so that your responses are anonymous. However, for this research project, the researchers are requesting demographic information. Due to the make-up of the population of blind and visually-impaired persons in certain areas, the combined answers to these questions may make a person identifiable. The researchers will make every effort to protect your confidentiality. However, if you are uncomfortable answering any of these questions, you should skip them.
Choosing to Be in the Study
You do not have to be in this study. Participation is voluntary. You may choose not to take part and you may choose to stop taking part at any time without penalty.
If you have any questions or concerns about this study or if any problems arise, please contact the researchers at the following points:
Cheryl Fogle-Hatch, Ph.D.
Archaeologist and Museum Professional